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Marantz 2230

Stereophonic Receiver (1972-74)

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Marantz 2230


  • Tuning range: FM, MW

    Power output: 30 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

    Frequency response: 15Hz to 50kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

    Damping factor: 45

    Input sensitivity: 1.8mV (MM), 180mV (line)

    Signal to noise ratio: 83dB (line)

    Channel separation: 35dB (line)

    Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

    Dimensions: 17-21/64 x 5-25/64 x 14 inches

    Weight: 28.6lbs

  • Tuning range: FM, MW

    Power output: 30 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

    Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.3%

    Damping factor: 45

    Input sensitivity: 1.8mV (MM), 180mV (line)

    Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 8Ω

    Dimensions: 440 x 137 x 356mm

    Weight: 12.2kg


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Reviewed Nov 04th, 2019 by Eransw

Avrage japan reciver sounds om
Kinna low output aprox 30w
Nice design & blue bulbs
About the sound quality nothing impresive .
Almost any Sansui or even jap fisher amps are way way better in build quality and sound.
All the hipe is more of the look not sound wize
So be smart use your ears not your eyes.

Reviewed Aug 03rd, 2019 by JJCalvillo

Have a 2230B. Enough power so I can turn it just less than half way up so my wife can hear her favorite songs without coming upstairs. Does everything well, whether it's taking what my DAC is giving with CD's or signal from the cassette deck.

It's my precious.

Reviewed Dec 18th, 2018 by m scheepers

warm,full sound ,buy it !

Reviewed Sep 29th, 2018 by Qmvp20

I have few different amps. 2230 is absolutely my favourite. Great synergy with my vintage turntables and Advent speakers.It's a keeper!

Reviewed Oct 19th, 2017 by fj2525vl

This vintage receiver is a pure gem!! His sound is beautiful and very pleasant.

Reviewed Aug 27th, 2017 by ArcMusic

Nicest sounding amp I've had at home. Very easy to listen to. Don't be put off by the '30' rating. This thing has guts.
I'm using it with KEF 103.2s.

Reviewed Apr 04th, 2017 by redsteve

2230, One of the favorite workhorses and highly rated, of the basic Marantz receivers. Has good power for most home applications. Good features for most users. Can't go wrong with one of these.

These are older vintage pieces of equipment, and it's time to start changing out caps and tune up the receiver, to get best performance.

Reviewed Apr 11th, 2016 by Map Of The Woods

After many stereos throughout my life, this one simply sounds the best! What a warm tone. One can tirelessly listen to music all day long without any ear fatigue. But the thing about a 40-year-old receiver is that it's 40 years old. They get old... I have now completely rebuilt mine, and am preparing to hook up some speakers. I recently acquired a pair of BIC Venturi DV64's. These are ridiculously inexpensive, incredible-sounding speakers that can match the sound of any higher-end models. (No thanks to $4000 speakers!) I wonder if these are too much OOPMH for my beloved 2230?

Reviewed Mar 31st, 2015 by Stonie

This 2230 is the best sounding device i`ve ever had the pleasure to listen to.
I own a few Radford amps and a Marantz PM80, too. But together with a pair of Canton GLE60 the 2230 blew me away.
You know You`ve got something special when the same Song heard a hundred times before sends shiver down my back, again.
My 2230 is running low on lights but no scratchy pods and switches. Although i`d like to get the non-printed front plate, mine is printed and some prints are rubbed away over the years...
I consider a recap but i read about maybe some changes appear after recap and there are as many experts as there are cap-brands...
However, a great receiver and i even use the dubbing feature.

Reviewed Mar 10th, 2015 by PureQuill

They don't make them like this anymore.
A great example of the Marantz 2 martini sound. Warm analog at its best.
Great phono section & tuner.
A classic Marantz reciver!

Reviewed Oct 27th, 2014 by gechts

Best Marantz warm sound



re: 2230

I have just bagged a 2230 from fleabay and am puzzled by it's mains connections. The handbook available from this excellent site, together with all of the photographs that I have found on the web, show the unit having a "fixed" mains supply cable together with 2 mains outlet sockets on the back panel, one switched and one unswitched. My unit has the mains supply via a plug and socket on the back panel but no mains outlet sockets. Does anyone else here have such a unit or is it "suspicious"? - the front and rear panels are both clearly marked 2230.

re: 2230

You probably have a European model.

re: 2230

This site is the best!

re: 2230

Can I get my Marantz 2230 to work with my Samsung hdtv? Would love to use the Bose speakers vs the tv speakers. Have tried using RCA cables into the phono, aux or tape in slots but no sound. Any ideas???

re: 2230

Just how are you connecting the tv set to the receiver?
You didn't explain specifically.
Model, type, output jacks involved.
Pics help.

re: 2230

I own a 2230. A couple of problems, headphone jack is shorted out and the unit only plays in mono. Is it worth repairing or should I sell it as is?

re: 2230 lights went out

I'm new here, nice site. You sound like an awesome group.
I've had my 2230 since I was in college when it first came out. You should've heard the way it sounded with a pair of Infinity rosewood cabinet speakers with electrostatic tweeters. Very sweet, clean, and powerful setup.
I used it for a lot of years until I set it up at my in laws home. Got it back after they passed and discovered that the nice blue front lights burned out. I'm now passing it on to my 16 y/o son who is a music lover as I am and I'd like to get it back to where everything works properly.
Does anyone know what bulbs it takes and how to replace them?
Is there something else that may have caused the lights to go out that I need to examine?
I will appreciate any and all suggestions, comments, and help you can throw my way.

re: 2230 lights went out

The lamps are 8v 'fuse' shaped lamps. We carry them here - we have them made. We also replace the lights with soft white LEDs, much better than the stuff for sale on Ebay, unfortunately hand-made and hand installed to handle the heat-sinking required. Very close to the original colour (A bit more blue than cyan), definitely brighter and clearer.

re: 2230 lights went out

Those 8v lamps are hard to find. You can replace the lamps with LEDs, which I'm going to do myself. There's a howto site here:


re: 2230

I have a 2230 that was my fathers. It sat on a shelf for over 20 years. I will attempt to get it running again sometime early next year ( a winter project).
Thanks for the manuals and schematics, without them I'd be lost.
I'll post again when I get it running.

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Marantz 2230B

I´m looking to purchase a copy of the Marantz 2230B manual but it is very difficult to find one original. Maybe someone here can help me or point me to the correct source.


Yes if anyone out there ever spots the manual for the 2230B please send it in.

Marantz manuals for $9.95

Geez - I just bought a Marantz 2230 Service Manual not knowing it was available here for free. It cost me $9.95 at ... (I don't want to give the site any publicity)

It has the HiFi Engine cover page on it. Oh well -- there's one born every minute.

Marantz 2230 documentation

This is the only place I've been able to locate all the information I could possibly want ... what a great service!

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